Real Athlete Blog Contributors
Founder & C.E.O. of Access Athletes, LLC, Trusted Athlete Educator, and Chief Editor of The Real Athlete Blog
As the Founder & CEO of Access Athletes, LLC and The Real Athlete Blog, Matthew Allinson's mission in life is to help athletes realize their full potential.
Matthew graduated from Penn State University first in his class with a double major in Labor Studies and Industrial Relations and Psychology. Following graduation, he spent a year in Kingston, Jamaica researching labor relations and political unionism as a Fulbright Scholar. Matthew then attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. with a concentration in labor law, intellectual property law, and sports and entertainment law.
He has worked for the NFL Players Association and several prominent sports professionals.
Matthew also works as a labor and entertainment attorney representing journalists.
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Vice President, Educational Programs for Access Athletes, LLC & Contributing Writer
Dr. Tim Thompson (Dr. T) is Vice President of Educational Programs for Access Athletes, LLC, and Founder/C.E.O. of the Institute of Applied Human Relations, LLC. Dr. T brings to his work with Access Athletes (the Trusted Athlete Educator) a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, along with over 35 years of solid experience as a specialist in organizational, human, and media communication processes.
His three-plus decades of experience include 19 years of college-level teaching and 25 years of organizational development leadership experience focused on group dynamics, media management, public relations, organizational training and development, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills.
Dr. T’s special areas of strength specifically include the psychology of organizational behavior and small group dynamics, the maintenance and management of organizational cultures (perception management), the relationship between organizational structures and communication processes, strategic planning, and leadership development. Another major focus of Dr. T’s work is helping individuals and groups to discover their own pathways to inner peace and fulfillment of their life’s purpose.
In addition to his human relations work, Dr. T is a third degree black belt in the Chinese internal martial art of Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ultimate Fist) under Grand Master Dennis Brown, and is the head Tai Chi Chuan instructor at the Lanham campus of the Dennis Brown Shaolin Wu Shu University in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, Dr. T is a Kundalini Reiki practitioner whose counseling/healing work focuses on self-transformation, interpersonal/group dynamics, organizational cultures, team building, and leadership development.
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Sports and Entertainment Communications Executive
Wesley Mallette is a seasoned sports and entertainment marketing communications executive specializing in the areas of reputation and crisis management, media training, media relations, sponsorship management, and business development. Throughout the course of his 20-year career, the veteran public relations strategist has translated his passion for his chosen profession into proven results for his clients, successfully guiding them through challenging and often times career-threatening situations.
Mallette's achievements in his profession are numerous. In 2005, he played an integral role in the development and execution of a communications strategy for the National Basketball Players Association’s (NBPA) collective bargaining agreement renegotiation, effectively helping avert an NBA season-ending lock out. He has developed and executed multiple high-profile public relations campaigns for several of USA Swimming's premier athletes (including 2008 Gold Medalist Cullen Jones), provided spokesperson training for more than 20 Olympians serving as athlete ambassadors for Chicago 2016’s bid to win the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and engineered the strategic approach for 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and world-class cyclist Tyler Hamilton’s controversial retirement from the sport in 2009. Mallette has also assisted with the broadcast training of Olympic Gold Medalist and USA Track & Field icon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and has media trained NCAA athletes and NBA, WNBA, NFL, and professional cycling teams and players.
Along with his work in professional, collegiate and Olympic sports, Mallette has developed top-notch marketing communications programs for some of the nation’s highest profile companies. Before launching his own practice in 2005, he spent 15 years on the corporate and agency side, serving as Vice President of Corporate Communications for MTV Networks, Director of Communications for Black Entertainment Television, Inc., and Senior Manager Media Relations for the Limited Brands’ Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. In addition, Mallette helped build and direct the event marketing and PR department for Carol H. Williams Advertising. Early in his career he worked for Ketchum Communications and credits his tenure with the Children Defense Fund (the nation’s most respected child advocacy organization) for his experience in public policy and coalition building.
Mallette holds a BA in Communications from James Madison University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland. The former two-sport Division I athlete (football and track and field) now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he runs his own sports and entertainment marketing communications firm and serves on the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) Work, Life and Gender Committee. Always an active member in the community, Mallette spends time with his family as well as coaching youth and high school football, baseball and basketball.
You can find him on Twitter @WesleyMallette and gain more insight on his skilled approach to and perspective on crisis and reputation management issues. Mallette can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-562-2821.
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Vice President, Morgan Stanley; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™; and Wealth Advisor & Senior Portfolio Manager
During the past 17 years, Scott has helped hundreds of families navigate an ever changing market that included two major upheavals. His disciplined approach starts by developing an in-depth understanding of each client’s specific needs, personal goals and tolerance for risk. Based on these discussions and coupled with Morgan Stanley’s world class research, Scott creates a tailored portfolio. His global approach to asset allocation includes traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds as well as more sophisticated instruments such as Hedge Funds, Managed Futures, Private Placements and Emerging Market exposure. As a fee based CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Scott is trained to analyze each stage of the investment lifecycle from Asset Accumulation and Growth, to Retirement Planning, Estate Planning Strategies, Wealth Distribution and Legacy Planning. Costs are kept low by institutional pricing.
Scott believes in regular and clear communication with his clients. It includes both proactive and interactive portfolio adjustments to help meet his clients’ goals. In recognition of his exemplary client service, he has been named a “Five Star Professional Wealth Advisor” every year for the Philadelphia Region since this award was created in 2009.
Scott is an Ambassador to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and a board member of the Financial Planning Association. He helps to promote financial literacy and well-being through educational seminars as well as his column, “Something to Think About.” Scott was one of the founding contributors to Access Athletes’ Inaugural E-Guide For Professional Athletes: Unlock Your True Potential. Scott is an NFL Players Association Registered Financial Advisor where he provides his 2010 copyrighted study titled 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Professional Athletes. In addition to being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and Senior Portfolio Manager, Scott holds the Series 7, 63, 65, 31 and Insurance licenses which enable him to employ any investment vehicle or process necessary in order to fulfill his client’s goals. Scott has clients in 14 states.
Steven Cohen is a freelance writer, translator, researcher and editor, with a degree in Spanish and International Letters from Tufts University. He currently writes for the Colombia Reports online newspaper and lives in Medellin, Colombia.
Communications Manager for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Washington State University
Jason G. Krump is the Communications Manager for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Washington State University and has over a decade of experience in the collegiate and professional athletic communication fields. He earned his Bachelor in Arts in Communication at Washington State University and Master of Science in Physical Education at Eastern Washington University.
An avid writer and fitness enthusiast, Jason has published a book "Identification of Athletes by Athletes at a Division I University: Gauging the media’s role in their identification," and his stories have earned honors in the Writer’s Digest National Writing Competition.
Jason has run in Bloomsday, a 12 kilometer road race held annually in Spokane, Wash., and has worked in a media relations capacity at major sporting events including the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby, NCAA Basketball Championships, Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl.
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Athlete Career Development Specialist
Eileen Wisnewski has always been passionate about helping college athletes with their career development, and has over 13 years of experience as a career advisor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Southern Maine. As Access Athlete's Athlete Career Development Specialist, she uses sporting news stories and quotes as a springboard for reflection on career development advice.
Eileen is currently the Associate Director for Employer Relations, Engagement & Outreach in the Office of Career Services at Providence College (Go Friars!) She helps to connect PC students and alumni with internship and employment opportunities in addition to offering career development advice.
Prior to this, she worked for ten years in a similar role in the Office of Career Services at Bates College in Maine. During this time, she partnered with coaches and alumni to better understand the challenges student athletes face in preparing for their careers and life after college sports. She respects the amount of time a committed athlete must invest in their sport to be successful, and recognizes that this investment can affect one's ability to devote time to their career development. Her goal is to help athletes realize the strengths they develop while competing in their sport and how many employers are looking for those strengths.
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Track & Field Contributor
Richard Burgunder is a professional extreme and adventure sports athlete focusing on the XTERRA Trail Running Global Tour. Rich has over 15 years of experience competing on the national and international level as a consistent top finisher, age-group winner, and featured athlete in world-class athletic events, gaining extensive media publicity. Most notably, Rich is a proud member of PowerBar Team Elite, XTERRA Ambassadors, SUGOI Brand Champions, and the nationally ranked New Balance Central Park Track Club (CPTC), a USATF Elite Development Team based in New York City. Previously, Rich has also been a member of Team Compex, Team MGD 64, Team USA for Standard Chartered Bank’s Greatest Race on Earth in Nairobi, Kenya, and a two-time qualifying member of Team USA for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Long Course Duathlon World Championships in Barcis, Italy and Fredercia, Denmark, respectively. Rich has competed in Kenya, Japan, and throughout most of the USA, including Hawaii, on several occasions.
Rich is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and has extensive business experience in New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metro area, and Naples, FL since graduating from Penn State University, University Park, in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. In addition to being a competitive elite athlete, Rich is the Managing Director & Founder of Extremus, LLC, a global sports consulting and marketing firm specializing in the endurance, adventure and extreme sports industries. Rich is also a certified USATF Level 1 Coach and the Track & Field contributor at Access Athletes.
Amateurism and Sports Law
Justin P. Sievert is a contributing writer for Access Athletes on issues relating to NCAA student-athletes, in addition to commentary on general issues in sports law. Mr. Sievert serves of-counsel to the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm on issues relating to intercollegiate athletics and higher-education law. Mr. Sievert also is also an adjunct sports law, business law and labor law professor at Davenport University. His prior experience includes stints at NCAA Division I, II and III institutions, where he has worked in compliance, business operations, event management and facility operations. In addition, Mr. Sievert served as a track and field coach and strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level.
Mr. Sievert is a 2008 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where he served as vice-president of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, treasurer of the Business Law Council and was a member of the International Moot Court Board. Prior to law school, Mr. Sievert attended Union College, where he graduated in 2003 with a political science degree. During his time at Union, Mr. Sievert was a captain of both the football team (where he was a two-time all-conference selection) and the track and field team (where he was a three-time All-American and NCAA Regional Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a senior). Mr. Sievert also received his Master’s degree in Education from St. Lawrence University in 2005.
Mr. Sievert is admitted to practice in Florida and North Carolina, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Sievert is a strong proponent of educating athletes at all experience levels and will work diligently at addressing any issues that may arise during the course of an athlete's career in his column. If anyone has a suggested topic, please feel free to contact him.
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Brand Expert; Founder & President, remBrand Sports
Joe Jackman founded remBrand Sports in 2004, leaving the corporate world to follow his passion; to make authentic, meaningful contributions in helping his high profile clients - professional athletes, elite executives and entrepreneurs - be remembered™.
His distinctive cross-functional leadership perspective and expertise has been acquired by working with 'Fortune 500 Companies' & the 'Big 4 Sports Leagues'.
Joe pioneered and built the revolutionary - National Hockey League's Alumni "Life After Hockey Transition Program" and the NHLPA Breakaway Program for active players (a 6-year exclusive partnership). These experiences give him a hard-to-match Change & Brand Management perspective with unique insights into the Employment Life Cycle of professional athletes and elite executives.
RemBrand Sports' proprietary 'Game of Life' solutions help bridge the gap between great and legendary, by developing a brand that stands the test of time, ensuring a lifetime of success!
Visit the contributor's website: http://www.rembrandsports.com
Founder and President of The Academy for Sport Leadership
Cory Dobbs is the Founder and President of The Academy for Sport Leadership, a national leader in curriculum development and programs for developing sports team leaders. The Academy offers to the student-athlete a defined program for becoming a high-performing team leader.
Cory started The Academy for Sport Leadership in 2007 based on the principle that coaches are leadership educators. He is convinced that leadership is an impact area for sports teams and that leadership development should be part of the student-athlete’s educational experience.
Cory has over 15 years experience in leadership development and team facilitation. He blends business practice with learning and development. Today, he spends his time writing articles related to leadership and organizational life, developing leadership tools and processes, and consulting with coaches and athletic directors helping them apply his principles with their teams.
A former basketball coach, Cory's coaching background includes experience at the NCAA DII, NJCAA, and high school levels of competition. While coaching, he researched and developed the transformative "Becoming a Team Leader" program for student-athletes. Cory has worked with professional athletes, collegiate athletic programs and high schools teaching leadership as a part of the sports experience and education process.
Cory also teaches a wide-range of leadership workshops, seminars, and classes for professional organizations. He is the author of "Exploring Conversational Learning" and "Scrimmage! Build Your Team in Five Practices" and currently teaches courses on leadership and change for the Graduate Schools of Business and Education as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Colleges of Business and Education at Northern Arizona University.
Visit the contributor's website: http://www.sportleadership.com
Kanika Corley is an associate attorney with Sedgwick LLP, based in the Los Angeles office. Kanika’s practice focuses on the representation of major media, entertainment and advertising entities in the areas of copyright and trademark infringement litigation. She has experience negotiating and drafting intellectual property agreements, as well as registering, policing and protecting trademarks and copyrights. Kanika can be reached at 213.426.6900.
Visit the contributor's website: http://www.sdma.com/kanika-d-corley/
Strong Copy Quarterback, Winning Proof
Michelle Hill, the Strong Copy Quarterback for Winning Proof, is a sports and fitness copywriter. She writes website content, sales/client letters, media pitch letters, and brochures for sports and fitness-related companies. Her mission is to help pro athletes and fitness professionals increase the success score in their entrepreneurial endeavors with her writing expertise and creative turn of mind.
She is seeking to contribute fresh insight into the world of athletes, especially as they transition from their sport into "real" life and intends to bring a new perspective through interviews with athletes from different sports.
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Visit the contributor's website: http://www.winningproof.com
Founder and Head Coach, Insightful Player, LLC
Chrissy Carew is a Personal and Business Coach and Trainer. She is an International Coach Federation Master Certified Coach. She coaches high integrity professional football players to maximize performance on and off the field. She also works with trailblazers who have an indomitable will and are relentless in their pursuit of elevating the world to awe-inspiring heights. She inspires her clients to wholeheartedly embrace their gifts and ferociously share them with others.
Carew is on a mission to make this world a better place and has launched the Insightful Player™ campaign, a platform that features high-integrity people such as current and former NFL players, who are passionate about inspiring their fans, especially kids. The Insightful Player™ campaign is a bold movement of hope that is fusing together the heart and soul of the players with their fans to become one. Carew is writing a book entitled Insightful Player™, Inspiring stories about NFL Good Guys!
Coach Carew will share uplifting stories about NFL Players who have overcame tremendous obstacles to become not just fine athletes, but extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all. She will also share a wide range of coaching tips on how to live your very best life.
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